Summary: To provide outreach and reporting on comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease care planning services furnished under the Medicare program. Cosponsors
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 5/30/19.
STATUS: Introduced 3/26/19 by Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- Thankfully, Medicare covers care planning for individuals with cognitive impairment. However, patients and medical providers are often not aware of this resource. AIM is working with bipartisan Congressional champions on the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873). The bill would educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare. This will give them the knowledge and tools to better help their patients and families living with dementia. (Source: Alzheimer’s Impact Movement)
- The Alzheimer’s Association and its advocacy arm, the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM), are proud to support the bipartisan Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 880/H.R. 1873). The bill was introduced today by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.). The bipartisan bill would support provider education and outreach to improve awareness and utilization of comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services covered under Medicare. (Source: Alzheimer’s Association)
- H.R. 1873 builds on the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, which Walorski co-sponsored in the 114th Congress and which proposed improving Medicare coverage by creating a benefit for comprehensive care planning services following a dementia diagnosis. Unfortunately, many health care providers remain unaware that this benefit is available. As a result, many eligible Medicare beneficiaries are not receiving the assistance that a comprehensive care planning visit can provide. This legislation will increase access to this vital benefit by ensuring more providers are informed and ready to offer it. (Source: Rep. Walorski, Press Release, 3/27/19)